Cape Breton University Launches Annual Giving Campaign

This week marked the launch of Cape Breton University’s Annual Giving Campaign, the primary initiative that supports the university’s scholarship and bursary program each year.

The Annual Giving Campaign encourages the university’s 14,000 plus alumni members to give back to their alma mater by increasing current commitments or by making a one-time donation to the fund. In addition to raising funds, the campaign also aims to build relationships within the local community and increase awareness of the need to support student financial aid.

"Cape Breton University students are making a difference,” says Keith MacDonald, President, Cape Breton University Alumni Association. “For some, this difference is only made possible because someone’s given them a helping hand.”

University tuition fees are on the rise. Canadian full-time students in undergraduate programs this fall paid four per cent more on average in tuition fees for the 2010-11 academic year than they did a year earlier.

The Annual Giving Campaign’s success in recent years has allowed CBU to offer more than $1 million in scholarships and bursaries to students beginning their academic career at Cape Breton University. MacDonald notes that although the university is proud to offer this financial aid to students, they are only able to do so because of continued support from donors.

“The scholarship and bursary fund is maintained from the goodwill of our alumni and friends,” says Meghan Finney, Alumni Development Officer, CBU. “We’re asking alumni who read this to help us in supporting those who have followed in their footsteps and to make a donation.”

Those wishing to contribute to this year’s campaign may call the alumni office at (902)563-1199 or 1-800-282-0314. Online donations can also be made through the campaign website at www.cbu.ca/giving/annualfund.